Health care, building inspection, DHS data collection measures advance

The Senate Budget Committee cleared several bills today:

On the health care front, S3038, which seeks to restore NJ FamilyCare eligibility for adults without dependent children and who do not earn more than 200 percent of the federal poverty level, passed the Senate Budget Committee.

Sponsor Sen. Joe Vitale said the money, $4 million, already is in the budget, so he said, the program can be funded with current appropriations.

S2028,/A2878, as amended, requires the Division of Developmental Disabilities in the Department of Human Services (DHS) to: collect, and when practical maintain a database of, information about persons with developmental disabilities who are eligible for services from the division.

And S2271, which as as amended, requires that whenever an owner of a multiple dwelling requests an architect or engineer inspect the multiple dwelling for an assessment of the condition of the multiple dwelling and a report, either oral or written, is thereafter issued by the architect or engineer who performed the inspection that expresses concerns about the structural safety or integrity of the multiple dwelling, the owner must immediately notify the Bureau of Housing Inspection in the Division of Codes and Standards in the Department of Community Affairs, and must provide all of the information contained in the report to the bureau.

Other bills the Senate Budget Committee released were bills S1949, which provides sales tax exemptions on energy service;

and S3055, which is the “New Jersey Angel Investor Tax Credit Act. That bill would revive the expired Small New Jersey-based High Technology Business Investment Tax Credit by establishing credits against corporation business and gross income taxes for investing in New Jersey emerging technology businesses. Health care, building inspection, DHS data collection measures advance